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Title: An investigation into the biological perturbations of prematurity
Author: Aitken, Kenneth John
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1991
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This thesis is an investigation into the effects of premature birth on the developing behaviour of both infant and caregiver. A neonatal assessment procedure sensitive to both the neurological and the interpersonal aspects of development and to obstetric complications was developed. This assessment was validated on a total sample of 62 premature and fullterm infants. In a further study utilising 30 infants from the first part of the thesis, the effects of a maternally-administered manual-based intervention for premature infant-mother dyads were evaluated as compared to fullterm and premature diary controls. This focussed on a variety of early interactional activities designed to enhance mutual parent-infant responsiveness in preterm dyads. The results of the study are discussed in terms of the possible clinical utility of such an approach in reducing the likelihood of dysfunctional parenting of the 'High-Risk' newborn. The thesis is set in the context of a review of the pertinent literature on the development of special care facilities for the premature infant, neonatal assessment procedures, mother-infant interaction and intervention research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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